Join the cause and volunteer at The Race for the Cure October 13

Join the fight against breast cancer and help make the event a success

The 25th annual Race for the Cure takes place on Sunday, October 13 at Kapiolani Park, and its longevity is attributed to the dedication of volunteers and supporters. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with Race Chair Kathleen Young and Joanne Hayashi, volunteer co-manager, to talk about how others can get involved.

The Race for the Cure began in Honolulu in 1995 with just 800 participants. Vik Watumull started the race as a volunteer to honor his mother and others who were facing breast cancer. 25 years later, the Race for the Cure continues to be one of the most recognized races in Hawaii and across the globe.

The race began with volunteers and continues to thrive thanks to community support. This year, the race will be partnering with Plastic Free Hawaii and will not be using any single-use plastics. Each finisher will also be awarded with a medal, so volunteers are needed now more than ever to help out.

Joanne Hayashi is one of the many volunteers working with Komen Hawaii to help make the event a success.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my thirties, and it has inspired me to help others who are facing the disease, so I’ve started Breast Cancer Hawaii,” says Hayashi. “Komen has supported me and my vision to be there for young survivors. As the volunteer co-manager for the Race for the Cure, I have the opportunity to support Komen’s mission to fund local breast health programs and breast cancer research in a meaningful way.”

From high school students to kupuna, all the volunteers are looking for opportunities to give back and join the fight against breast cancer. To volunteer, go to, hover over the “Get Involved” tab and click “Volunteer for Komen.”

For more information:, or on Facebook and Instagram: @komenhawaii